June 18, 2014 Subject:
fantastic set - must hear
This is a great, great show. The audio quality is superb and once the band settles in, the music is quite transcendent.
Good Ole Boy gets its debut performance out of the way, and does sufficiently fine. Things don't reach true elevational lift-off until Enjoy The Ride.
This version of Enjoy The Ride traverses a few distinct sections, and features absolutely fantastic group-interplay. You can hear the band pivot around each other, by shifting the root notes and altering the tonality of the melodies that are leading. Not many bands can pull this off onstage, in the moment.
Tony's playing on the piano and organ is especially strong on this version, and his accenting and framing of the music goes a long way to elevate it's contents.
This is also especially evident on "Old Man", where Tony picks up on the spaces in between the verses and adds some tasteful piano flourishes; the outro jam features an especially delightful ascending melody theme on the piano that contours the rising tension and energy. Dude is killing it.
Puppy in My Pocket also makes great use of the transcendent playing and group dynamic. The jam features a normal Puppy jam for a bit, replete with a Fire On The Mountain quote, and then launches into Type II territory. Scott finds a nice driving beat that kicks up the anticipation. The real goods are from about the 6:30 mark onward, where Caton's guitar rides a patient liquid quicksilver rocket-melody to the stars. So cool. Its pretty impressive because the music instantly breaks out of the standard Puppy jam, and Caton has this new theme developed within the space of only about 4 bars. Damn fine playing.
This is one of the stronger versions of Puppy In My Pocket of the year, really spacious and in-control, despite being completely on the edge and in foreign territory. It returns, eventually, to the Puppy theme for a brief reprise, and then deviates AGAIN into a left-turn torqued-up funk romp. Tony moves to the organ, and Caton starts scratching out some fast chords. Soon the rhythm mutates, and Scott throws in some fills as Tony stretches the spatial environment of the melody, pulling the phrases into elongated patterns and expanding the landscape they have to work with.
The music skirts across a 2nd return to the Puppy theme, before billowing downwards into a full "Fire On The Mountain" jam that somehow jumps back up into a 3rd reprise of the Puppy theme, leaving just as quickly as it came. What a ride.
Definitely pick up this show. This is fantastic music.
Puppy In My Pocket features first "Fire On The Mountain" and "Astral Turtle Dance" teases/quotes and then a full-blown "Fire On The Mountain" jam.